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Taken at the Flood: The Roman Conquest of Greece (Ancient by Robin A. H. Waterfield

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By Robin A. H. Waterfield

"Is there an individual on the earth who's so narrow-minded or uninquisitive that he may perhaps fail to wish to grasp how and because of what sort of political procedure nearly the total identified international used to be conquered and taken less than a unmarried empire in lower than fifty-three years?" -- Polybius, Histories

The 53-year interval Polybius had in brain stretched from the beginning of the second one Punic battle in 219 BCE till 167, while Rome overthrew the Macedonian monarchy and divided the rustic into 4 self sustaining republics. This used to be the an important half-century of Rome's amazing upward push to imperial prestige, yet Roman curiosity in its japanese associates begun a bit previous, with the 1st Illyrian conflict of 229, and climaxed later with the notorious destruction of Corinth in 146.

Taken on the Flood chronicles this momentous movement by means of Rome into the Greek east. formerly, this era of heritage has been overshadowed through the specter of Carthage within the west, yet occasions within the east have been no less significant in themselves, and Robin Waterfield's account finds the strange nature of Rome's japanese coverage. For over seventy years, the Romans refrained from annexation so they may perhaps devote their army and monetary assets to the struggle opposed to Carthage and in different places. although eventually a failure, this coverage of oblique rule, punctuated via periodic brutal army interventions and excessive international relations, labored good for a number of many years, until eventually the Senate eventually settled on extra direct types of regulate.

Waterfield's fast moving narrative focuses regularly on army and diplomatic maneuvers, yet all through he interweaves different subject matters and subject matters, akin to the impression of Greek tradition on Rome, the Roman aristocratic ethos, and the conflict among the 2 most sensible scuffling with machines the traditional international ever produced: the Macedonian phalanx and Roman legion. the result's an soaking up account of a serious bankruptcy in Rome's mastery of the Mediterranean.

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The Germans pushed us brutally into the wagons. Inside there was nothing, just planks on the floor, a big empty can in the middle, and a smaller one with water. In a corner, I saw three crates of raisins and carrots. qxp:Andy Q7 9/12/08 17:08 Page 27 LIFE IN GREECE BEFORE THE DEPORTATION 27 would need to stay seated throughout the journey. I immediately sat in a corner near the window. Men were starting to turn up near the station to start work – this is why the Germans wanted to hurry, so as not to attract too much attention.

We never left them alone, we were always asking for a little bit. In the end, my mother had none left for herself. I have kept these memories, even if they make me sad. I’ve often thought about what I could have done to help my mother. I loved her so much and I know that she was especially fond of me. Her name was Doudoun Angel Venezia. I know all the sacrifices she made for us, I made an effort to help her as much as I could, but I’d like to have done more. But I was still young and I, too, wanted to enjoy life.

I was barely twelve years old. qxp:Andy Q7 9/12/08 17:08 Page 3 LIFE IN GREECE BEFORE THE DEPORTATION 3 And what did your older brother do? He was sent by the Italian consulate to study in Milan. My father had fought in the First World War, and he was an Italian citizen, so he’d had the right to certain privileges. And that also meant we had one fewer mouth to feed. When the racial laws were passed in Italy in 1938, my brother was excluded from the Marchioni Technical Institute in Milan and sent back to Greece.

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